Mr Roland Boyes

Former MP for Houghton and Washington

Recent appearances

  • Adjournment (Easter and Monday 2 May) 17 Mar 1994

    The Evening Standard of Wednesday 16 March carried the headline, "Victory for Right to Smack". I believe that that is a tragedy for thousands of children. To a great extent, I blame the stupidity of Justice Wilson, who rejected a bid by Sutton borough council to outlaw smacking even with parental permission. It is an interesting dichotomy—who decides and what degree—
  • Adjournment (Easter and Monday 2 May) 17 Mar 1994

    My apologies, Mr. Deputy Speaker. An important group—the Physical Punishment of Children pressure group—claimed that the decision to permit smacking went against Government policy, undertakings made by the Government and the United Nations convention on the rights of the child. Will the Leader of the House and his Cabinet colleagues look into the matter? Let us imagine the serious...
  • Business of the House 17 Mar 1994

    Will the Lord President refer to the Secretary of State for Education the crazy position whereby a child minder can smack a child, whereas a school teacher in, for example, County Durham, would be dismissed for doing so? The latter case is totally right and the other is absolutely wrong.

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Former MP for Houghton and Washington

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 8 April 1997 — General election

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